Run Away with the Circus!
I want to run away with the circus and live with Priscilla Iverson and her cute, smart, talented children! Priscilla was a dancer with the circus for several years and is now the associate producer and in charge of making sure everything in the show goes just right! It was her lifelong dream to dance, she just didn’t think it would be in the circus. I was in awe of the 6 foot beauty coming towards me, you could tell she was a dancer from miles away. Long, lean legs and a smile that greets you so warmly. Following behind her were, Matthew & Lila speaking to their Mother in Portuguese! Priscilla is from Brazil, so they not only speak Brazilian Portuguese, they speak Spanish, French, English…a little Russian. (Nothing makes you feel more like a slacker Mom than talking to a 4-year-old that speaks 4 languages and reads)!
I dove right into all the questions and I was relieved when she, stopped to correct her children in Portuguese a few times, making sure they were sitting still and being polite. Made her seem more like every other Mom I know…minus the world travel and living on a train!
Question 1 – Education: “There is an educator that travels with the circus and teaches all the children that travel with the show. They use a Calvert curriculum and have homework on a regular basis. The great thing about learning on the road, is that the they are getting to see what’s in their history books first hand. They have projects, book reports and assignments. They do not have PE, art or music, but they travel with the most talented dancers, designers and musicians in the world. The children learn dance from the dancers in the show, music from the band and art from the set designer.”
Question 2 – Life on the Train: I have traveled with my children and I simply can not imagine living on a train with an 8 & 4-year-old, like she does 10 months out of the year. They have a whole train car with a kitchen, small living room and 2 bedrooms. The kids sleep in the bunk bed and have their toys, movies and book, just like any other apartment. Since they’re from New York, the small space is something they are used to.
Question 3: Do you think your children are missing anything by not going to traditional school?
“It’s a toss-up. I think they are missing the traditional type of classes, but they have some of the best performers in the world, teaching them to dance, create and play music. They are able to see the world and learn languages from experience and not from a book. The only thing I wish they could do, is play sports with a team. My son wants to play golf and other sports, but that is all I feel like they are missing.”
Question 4: Do they have friends?
“Yes, there are not children that are performing in this show, but several of the performers have children and bring them along. They spend time with the children while they have school class. They also play together while the show is going. They go to nursery, because all of the parents are working and the nursery brings them to see parts of the show.”
Question 5: I asked the children, What’s your favorite part of the show?
Lila: “I like the animals, they are mine! The horse, Hollywood is mine! Her Mom chimed in and said, she thinks all the animals are her own personal zoo…even the tigers.”
Matthew: ” I like EVERYTHING! Every part of this show is good!” (I think he’s been trained pretty well).